Due to various reasons, it has become a tendency among women nowadays to delay their pregnancy till they are in their mid thirties. However, due to a number of pressing issues, one should start thinking about becoming a mother much before that.
Here are a couple of reasons why you should start planning for a baby before you turn thirty five. Women's fertility peaks in their early twenties, and starts to increasingly decrease after that. At around thirty five years of age comes an incredibly remarkable drop off stage and fertility then starts to decrease at a far more rapid rate.
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A thirty year old lady has around a twenty percent chance of getting pregnant every month, while a forty year old lady has around only a five percent possibility of conceiving a baby each month. There is also a heightened risk of birth defects, specifically Down syndrome, in infants born to mothers who are over thirty five years of age.
Women in their thirties have around a 1 in 900 chance of having an infant with Down syndrome, while the chance of mothers who are around twenty five years of age is only 1 in 1500. By the time a woman reaches forty years of age, her chances for having a baby with Down syndrome are as good as 1 in 375.
The potential risk of a miscarriage also increases in direct relationship with the age of the mother. In women more than thirty five years of age, the miscarriage rate is around eighteen percent, compared to only around ten percent when women are in their late twenties or their early thirties.
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Women over thirty five years of age are also at a higher risk of health problems when they become pregnant at this age. Women over thirty five will also be far more prone to have ectopic pregnancies than women in their early thirties.
More than forty percent of women aged thirty five or older will need to go for a C section birth, compared to only around twenty five to thirty percent of mothers in their late twenties or early thirties. As a woman reaches thirty five years of age, her risk of pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes mellitus and gestational high blood pressure, also increases dramatically.